In 2009, Nolan Reimold broke onto the Orioles' major-league club in a big way. At age 26, Reimold put up a solid 116 OPS+ in over 400 plate appearances. We all believed that the Orioles' outfield would be locked up for years, with Reimold patrolling left to complement Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. The organization went so far as to release a three-piece bobblehead set featuring the trio in 2010. There was just one problem - Reimold wasn't even on the big-league club when his bobblehead was given out to complete the set. At the end of that breakout 2009 season, with the Orioles' season long since lost, Reimold had surgery to repair an Achilles' tendon. In 2010, Reimold was probably rushed back from that injury a little too quickly, and combined with some off-field drama, his season was essentially lost. He put up a 67 OPS+ in just over 100 plate appearances, and finished out the season back in Triple-A Norfolk. "This has been the worst six months of my life," Reimold said, and fans were left wondering whether Reimold would end up as another flash-in-the-pan prospect who never quite panned out. The Orioles started 2011 with both Luke Scott and Felix Pie available to play left field, seeming ready to force Reimold to earn his plate appearances. He only spent one short stint back at Triple-A, but he only made his way into 87 big-league games. He put up a 111 OPS+ in just over 300 plate appearances, for 0.7 WAR - not entirely struggling, but not exactly lighting the world on fire, either.
The Curious Case of Nolan Reimold
Camden Chat | Jan 22